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  1. Locke n Load says:

    damn, the Fonz really got around…he must have had a dark side, eh? i mean serriously, pissing off Batman??

    for Brad and the others who might have been disappointed the Memphis sountrack never materialized, my apologies. my cd burner in this beater of a laptop died. when i replace the burner i’ll send copies out ASAP. until then, heres a couple from the collection.

    how to introduce Hank Sr to punks? blast a hardcore version of a classic…

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    It should have this. Here be damned fine Elvis.

  3. Locke n Load says:

    what a voice…
    consider it the Coda for the disc.

  4. TN_Cat says:

    Oh my, trying to watch this interview of Newt, I need some Pepto. This guy is almost as bad as Obama.

    New rating, how many Pepto tablets to get through an interview?

    Hell with it, I’m cracking a beer.

  5. trebor snoyl says:

    We can add another description to Arnold besides “Terminator” and “Gubernator”… “Inseminator.”

  6. notamobster says:

    Funny one, Bman’s Dad!

  7. slaphappypap says:

    Should I take this seriously?

    http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/

  8. Tn-Cat says:

    Doesn’t that piss you off slap?
    There are 7 days in the week and He picks Saturday. Noooooo, couldn’t be a Monday.

  9. notamobster says:

    Ummmm…..No. ( I know you were being all kinds of ironical and sh*t)

  10. Tn-Cat says:

    Just my thoughts Slap:
    Whenever the Big Guy decides enough is enough, it will be at 4 o’clock on a Friday when all them asses are sticking up in the air.

  11. slaphappypap says:

    I’d just like to have a chance to punch bezelbub twice, before it all puffs into a big ball of fire.

    Or just drink a decent beer. One or the other.

    Actually, I’d prefer a waiver on Obamacare.

  12. Locke n Load says:

    I’ve been seeing those billboards everywhere Slap, they crack me up. Was thinking maybe I should crack a beer that night to celebrate another whackjob getting slapped by reality but then reconsidered. The preacher has just sent millions of people to his website to hear his message. Hell of a PR man, don’t you think? I mean as long as there’s no funny cool aid being passed around he may actually get one in a 100 to read more and voila, his mission is accomplished.

  13. BrunDawg says:

    Can looking at inkblots reveal mental order/disorder? Today’s Rorschach test (situational inkblot);
    The average starting salary for a Harvard graduate is less than a graduate from the California Prison Academy (a four-month training program).
    What did you see? An inflated ivy league bubble popping? A lucky guard? An out of control public spending fiasco? Random facts just thrown on paper? An opportunity to move to CA?
    http://www.growswitch.com/blog/2011/05/california-prison-guard-a-better-career-move-than-a-harvard-degree/
    I saw a problem in the prison system that has nothing to do with Harvard. Can I get off the couch now?
    Tomorrow’s test: http://theinkblot.com/index.htm

  14. R.D. Walker says:

    All the ink blots looked like my third grade teacher, Mrs Jones, eating a banana while topless. What does that mean?

    In other news, Amazon.com has Zombie Apocalypse Survival Supples

  15. R.D. Walker says:

    Sammy Hargar
    Kid Rock
    Brittney Spears
    Sara Evans
    Kelsey Grammer
    Bruce Willis
    Gloria Estefan
    Heather Locklear

    All celebs who lean to the right.

    There are 79 more here.

    • notamobster says:

      I’ve always liked Vince Vaughn. I saw his movie the dilemma the other night. He made a gay joke that got “the gays'” panties in a twist. They demanded it be dropped. He refused and so did Ron Howard. Vince Vaughn is seen sporting a (Gadsden) don’t tread on me t-shirt in the film – in response! I like him even more now.

  16. R.D. Walker says:

    If this wasn’t the Onion, I might have believed it.

    Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex

  17. Jim22 says:

    Just got this and can’t vouch for its veracity but it makes a lot of sense:

    “The following critique is by a former Navy Special Ops officer. He maintains contacts with the ‘community’; his information is usually correct and to the point.

    “The more I hear about the Osama Bin Laden raid, the more concerned I become about the motives and the competence of this Administration.

    How could this Administration allow the results and gains from the spectacular military raid that killed Osama Bin Laden to be so degraded by the massive security breach (immediate disclosure of information about this raid to the world by the Vice President and others) that served only to enhance the poll numbers of a President who is principally responsible for our national security? In this writer’s opinion, by spilling his guts to the world, Obama has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Obama could have gotten all the glory he wanted, if he just could have given the military and intelligence community a few more days to exploit the “mother lode” of information we gained during this raid before he had to brag to the world about his ‘heroic’ deeds

    The first thing we should be concerned about with this massive outflowing of information about the raid is our lost opportunity to dramatically disrupt the al-Qaida organization.

    It is now being widely reported that we got the “mother lode” of information during the raid. For the head of a terrorist organization using only couriers to communicate with others it seems axiomatic that this is what we should have expected. The three types of information we got most probably include:

    #1 – The locations of Osama Bin Laden’s immediate subordinates (the people most likely in line to take over as the leaders of al-Qaida upon the death of Osama Bin Laden… couriers had to have this information).

    #2 – Planning information on future operations (details about all major terrorist attacks planned for the foreseeable future).

    #3 – Misc. matters necessary for al-Qaida to function (financing, communications, continuity of operation plans, organizational structures, strength, recruiting, training and standard operating procedures).

    Common sense also tells us several other things that anyone could predict before the operation took place.

    #1- If we said absolutely nothing after the raid no one in al-Qaida would know what happened. No one in al-Qaida, except the couriers, apparently knew where Osama Bin Laden lived. The Pakistan government, or any individuals who happened to know, could not admit they knew he lived there… at least in the media. If they protested the incursion and the downed helicopter we could apologize for a failed operation or whatever. If anyone knew Osama Bin Laden lived there they wouldn’t know whether he got away or anything at all… unless we spilled our guts, as we have done about the operation.

    #2 – We would have a short period of time to exploit the “mother lode” of information we had just seized. The courier set-up Osama Bin Laden used would not work, as the couriers were dead. It would take some time for al-Qaida members to find out what happened. When they heard anything they would not know much for some time, and there would be a lot of doubt and confusion throughout the organization. If and when they did learn something definitive there would be a mass flurry of communication and our electronic surveillance apparatus would get some great information and leads. A lot of good things would happen. In contrast a lot of bad things probably have happened and will continue to happen, because we have laid everything out in great detail in the media, which is going to every al-Qaida member, in real time.

    #3 – We could dramatically disrupt the entire al-Qaida organization in a number of very substantive ways in a very short time. We could do many things in a very short time to exploit a lot of this information before anyone in al-Qaida could react, such as take out all the likely leaders to succeed Osama Bin Laden, seize al-Qaida funds around the world, disrupt or kill people in cells on the verge of committing terrorist attacks, etc. They wouldn’t know what happened, or what hit them, until it was all over.

    I cannot imagine any of our military leaders or the people in the CIA not recommending to the President to keep his mouth shut for at least a short time to allow time to see what info we had and see what we could do before all the al-Qaida personnel relocated, transferred all the money out of existing accounts, etc.

    If our military and intelligence leaders didn’t make such recommendations they should be fired.

    The country should be outraged at Obama throwing our security under the bus for a little good press, and about a 9% immediate (and very short term) gain in the polls. Besides, he could have gotten even better press if he was smart enough to have held up this information for about two months, and then been able to tell the world the following:

    #1 – Osama Bin Laden was killed in a spectacular military raid, and…

    #2 – We have killed the five most likely terrorists in the line of succession to take over al-Qaida, and…

    #3 – 80% of al-Qaida financial assets have been seized, and…

    #4 – We have disrupted a number of major future terrorist attacks against ourselves and our allies in our war against terrorism, and so on.

    The second thing we should be concerned about with this massive outflowing of information about the raid is the dramatic increase in al-Qaida’s operational capabilities to avoid our future intelligence gathering capabilities.Every day, more of the details are put out about how we got the information that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden. We are also telling them exactly where, when and how they screwed up or had a lapse in security that let us break the case.

    All this information is a wonderful guide to them on what they need to change to eliminate future detection. If we think it was hard to track down their leaders before, wait until we try it the next time.

    Let’s look at what happened the last time a President wanted to raise his poll numbers a bit. One of the reasons we had such a hard time finding Osama Bin Laden this time, and a major reason we got surprised on 9-11 was because President Clinton disclosed that we were monitoring Osama Bin Laden’s satellite cell phone about the time of the Monica saga. After that ‘minor’ disclosure, Osama Bin Laden stopped using his satellite phone and all electronic devices. He then went to the courier system and allowed few if anyone except a trusted courier even to know his location. After that almost all information from him completely dried up. If this disclosure of highly classified information by Clinton had not happened, we might have known about 9-11 in advance, the Twin Towers might be standing and 3,00-plus people might not have been brutally murdered, not to mention the cost of the wars that followed. As they said during World War II, ‘Loose lips sink ships!’

    The Bottom Line:

    Because Obama couldn’t wait for a very short time to see his poll numbers go up and brag about a military success at a later time:

    #1 – Al Qaida gained valuable information that will provide them time to modify compromised operational plans and reposition leaders and assets.

    #2 – The US was prevented from scoring as decisive and extremely damaging a blow against al-Qaida as would otherwise been possible without this security breach.

    #3 – Al-Qaida was provided valuable information about their operational security failures.

    #4 – All of the above will most assuredly enhance terrorist operations against us in the future, at the cost of many American lives.

    It is sickening to me to see Obama basking in success, when he apparently has been an impediment rather than an asset to the country. He has ripped the possibility of one of the most successful military operations we have had in recent times from the jaws of victory, and greatly diminished the brilliant efforts of our outstanding military forces.”

  18. DarthJay says:

    Jim – that’s a fantastic read. He makes some very good points and, after reading it, I’d have to say I agree 100% with him.

    I would have never though about any of those things before reading the article but, unlike so many people here, I have no formal military training and I certainly have not been entrusted by the American people to lead this country and keep us all safe. Obama was handed a fantastic opportunity and pissed it away for instant gratification.

  19. DarthJay says:

    Here’s an interesting article Boehner tweeted today:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/1-billion-day-difference-between-ryan-and-obama_567398.html

    To be a bit more exact, Ryan’s budget would actually save another $201 million a day on top of that. So the overall daily difference between Ryan’s and Obama’s budgets, rounded to the nearest million, would be $1,201,000,000.00

  20. slinger says:

    nota, I just saw that movie on a long flight last Saturday. I noticed the Gadsden flag shirt, and I was very surprised to see it in a movie. It’s neat to hear the story behind it.

  21. TN_Cat says:

    Any thoughts out there on Obamas shitting on Isreal today? If anyone had any doubts about this administrations loyalties, I think today proved where they are.

    Look at the hands off approach to the Iranian uprising.

    The support of both Libya and Egypts rebellion that both will end up to be under Sharia rule.

    One question, what the fuck is going on? Anyone else scared shitless after today?

  22. R.D. Walker says:

    I have been on the road today but will have some thoughts on that shortly…

  23. His Servant says:

    Mad Brad, did you see that Randy “Macho Man” was killed in a car wreck this morning?

  24. DarthJay says:

    I’d like to point out that it is officially May 21st and the world still seems to be around. I’m sure I must’ve missed something…

  25. R.D. Walker says:

    It is already May 22 in Guam. No sign of Rapture there at all.

  26. jacksonsdad says:

    Let’s hope they all ascend simultaneously (and in even proportions) across Guam… wouldn’t want good people to miss the big event cuz the dang ol’ island tipped over.

  27. R.D. Walker says:

    It is now past 1800 hrs as far west as Moscow. I wonder if Jesus missed his flight or something…

    Or maybe nobody is Rapturable east of Moscow!

  28. slinger says:

    IIRC, it is supposed to be 1800 EST, so we still have a few hours before we can start laughing and pointing fingers at the crazy cult.

  29. R.D. Walker says:

    Nah, we can point and laugh now. Here is Camping…

    Describe to me what exactly you expect to happen on May 21.

    “In other words, when we get to May 21 on the calendar in any city or country in the world, and the clock says about — this is based on other verses in the Bible — when the clock says about 6 p.m., there’s going to be this tremendous earthquake that’s going to make the last earthquake in Japan seem like nothing in comparison. And the whole world will be alerted that Judgment Day has begun. And then it will follow the sun around for 24 hours. As each area of the world gets to that point of 6 p.m. on May 21, then it will happen there, and until it happens, the rest of the world will be standing far off and witnessing the horrible thing that is happening.”

    What will you be doing on that day? Are you just waiting for the earthquake, are you having some kind of ceremony?
    “There’ll be no gatherings of any kind that I have anything to do with. There’ll be no — it’ll just be simply waiting, and the likelihood is that I’ll be doing what everybody else will be doing, which is listening to the radio or watching TV, seeing what is happening as it begins on the other side of the world.”

    • notamobster says:

      This video is funny – but it’s not for the sensitive, thin-skinned, or easily offended. Rated R for adult content. Click on the picture.

  30. sortahwitte says:

    Yes, it is disgusting and also crude, rude and lewd. And also very funny.

  31. notamobster says:

    This is the newer, kinder, “more-inclusive” nota who doesn’t want to miss any segment of a potential audience due to crudeness. I’m trying to limit the cuss words and keep stuff like this at arms length. I won’t quit posting it, just giving the audience the opportunity to think about it before clicking on it.

  32. notamobster says:

    Oh….and yeah – it’s funny.

  33. Jim22 says:

    Il Volo; three teenage kids from Italy. Two of them are sixteen and one is seventeen. Their first album went platinum in Italy.

  34. R.D. Walker says:

  35. locke n load says:

    Jim, I just watched that and my jaw dropped. We’re being punkd, right? Unbelievable..

  36. Locke n Load says:

    RD, you have a WalMart fetish, admit it. What deep dark recess within you searches out the “back boob” crowd? hmmmmm
    For the record the VERY best WalMart freakshows are almost always hillbily country. I admit it, I look forward to the show whenever I’m in Kentucky :)
    And I want that “braincells are evil” T-shirt. Might just be the perfect apparell for a schoolboard meeting, no?

  37. Locke n Load says:

    that reminds me, I need to start getting pictures of the truckstop Ho’s and other oddities out here. I could give the “People of WalMart” joint a run for its money.

  38. R.D. Walker says:

    There are couple of Wal-Marts in Iowa where you can see Amish and Mennonites shop. While interesting, it cultivates in me no desire to ridicule them. It is interesting to see the horses an buggies in the parking lot.

    It isn’t Wal-Mart that fascinates me, it is people… The People of Wal-Mart is Fussell’s lower proles on parade. Some of them aren’t even that. They are unsocialized savages. I watch these people like Jane Goodall watches the chimps. Wal-Mart is Tanzania.

  39. R.D. Walker says:

    It doesn’t have to be Wal-Mart. Beale Street was good too.

    • notamobster says:

      Beale Street was a study in American class warfare.

      The liberal political class is winning.

  40. sortahwitte says:

    I would drop my jaw if I had not already seen most of them. If you dare, go to a Walmart on a Saturday night between 10 and midnight. The circus is definately in town.

  41. Locke n Load says:

    Tanzania? Yes. I like Walmart because of the convenience and price while I’m on the road. I LOVE walmart as a magnet for the bizarre. For people watching its almost as good as a zoo. Truckstops are incredibly consistent in this regard. You will almost ALWAYS find something jawdroppingly odd at a large truckstop if you just sit and wait a little. Truckers aren’t all Proles but tell ya what, given a dearth of hygiene and hours of solitary confinement, we begin to resemble a class of people that almost defies description.

  42. Locke n Load says:

    Oh dear god, Beale was a freakshow wonderland. Ask the guys, I was rendered numb, completely overwhelmed that last night when we waded into the strream of humanity. Despite Brad’s best efforts I still can’t wrap my head around it.
    Btw, for the casual reader, freakshow viewing of this sort doesn’t mean ridicule. Its more like advanced sociology immersion training.

  43. sortahwitte says:

    My wife does not cuss, but as we left the bar on Beale that Sat night, she gripped my arm tightly and said “What the hell is that?” The street was completely full of people and as I turned my head, I saw about 6 or 7 different people who could have caused the comment. No, I didn’t ridicule either. I was too blown away. Kind of like when you walk up to the rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time and your eyes refuse to focus.

  44. slaphappypap says:

    There was a carnival I used to scan for ladies at in NW Indiana around the end of summer. Talk about creepshow city!! That was fantastic people watching. And the Social Security building when I needed a new card. I could write a book.

  45. notamobster says:

    Best quote about Inseminator:

    “If Arnold was a real Kennedy, he would have drowned the maid.”

  46. R.D. Walker says:

  47. notamobster says:

    ‘I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Pakistan , and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck?”

  48. notamobster says:

    That is pretty frickin sweet, RD! Sheer genius.

  49. Uke says:

    The Ben Netanyahu address on Capitol Hill just now gave me a major case of leadership-envy.

  50. Jim22 says:

    Locke,

    Il Volo has an awful lot of stuff on Youtube. I thought the same thing – They are just too good. But it looks legit to me.

  51. Van-a-gram says:

    Peter Fonda, the star of Easy Rider, suggested to Mandrake that he was encouraging his grandchildren to shoot President Barack Obama.

    “I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles,” said the actor, 71. “For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words ‘Barack Obama’, but …”

    As RD can tell you, that’s a Class D felony right there, Easy Rider….

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/8528327/Cannes-2011-Peter-Fonda-encourages-his-grandchildren-to-take-up-arms-against-President-Barack-Obama.html

  52. jacksonsdad says:

    Uke,

    Funny you say that… as we were watching I said to my wife; “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a leader with a pair?” Of course, in a side-by-side comparison BN has an unfair advantage… he knows WTF he believes.

    He has a way of putting things in a nutshell… “It’s not about Israel recognizing a Palestinian State, it’s about Palestine recognizing an Israeli State.”

    Holy Moly Batman! He named that tune in 15 notes!

  53. jacksonsdad says:

    btw y’all… something has been on my mind that I need to purge….

    We’re all frustrated. Hell, this administration is insanity personified. Every day they find a new and original way to surprise us with their incompetence. The RDM is aiding and abetting by ignoring all things detrimental while trumpeting all things beneficial for their hero. They have no shame.

    All that being said… they are losing. And they know it.

    They will never ever ever admit what a catastrophic failure this community organizer experiment has been. They can barely muster the cajones to even whisper a mild critique of The One and, when they do, they are quickly and firmly corrected (not that it took a lot of training to keep them in line… they were always naturally predisposed to believe what they were told as long as it was coming from the right side of the aisle).

    But this is a whole new level of delusion. They are desperate and it shows. The knee-jerk venom spewing is at an all time high and (IMO) unsustainable. They’ve been on offense too long and the corn-fed gorillas in the trenches are exhausted… meanwhile the paralyzed QB (in whose hands they places their fortunes) would have MUCH better statistics if he went AGAINST his instincts and did THE OPPOSITE on every single decision he has made.

    For those of you still reading this rant, note that I didn’t say “He’s never right”… I simply said that he’d be RIGHT more often if he ‘zigged’ every time his pea-brain said ‘zag’. I know I state the obvious but it’s still remarkable that this is the genius we call POTUS, is it not?

    Anyway, somewhere deep-down in their undersized amygdala’s, all but the moonbattiest (most moonbatty?) of moonbats knows this to be true. They know they are in a shit-load of trouble and are praying for a miracle that will never come. They backed the wrong horse. Can anyone out there say with a straight face that HRC would NOT have been a better Prez that this joker? And who was it that ensured BO’s nomination?

    So… my point is this… TAKE HEART! DON’T BE DISCOURAGED BY THE CONSTANT BARRAGE OF BS!! They have been holding up this house of cards FAR too long and there is no way they can keep up the bluff till next November. And even if they can manage such a Herculean task, in so doing so they will have alienated so many (I)’s and reasonable (D)’s that it will prove a futile effort anyway. They are up shit creek and they know it and it shows in their tactics. They are bitterly-clinging to the “hope” they were promised, meanwhile The One just keeps riding them like a rented mule. They’ve been plowing for him for over 3 years and his reward for their loyalty is more whip-cracking. Sooner or later even the moonbattiest (most moonbatty?) of moonbats will grow weary of being flogged.

    The cracks in the facade are already showing somewhat but it really doesn’t matter… they are bluffing. So don’t let all their faux confidence get you down, they are on the ropes and we are winning. Don’t let them fool you into thinking otherwise.

    And to anyone who might say “Don’t forget the ‘Rope-A-Dope'” I say to you… it would deserve some consideration but for the fact that Barry Soetoro (despite the name change) ain’t no Muhammad Ali.

  54. R.D. Walker says:

    Outstanding notes JD. I agree with ALMOST all of it. Thing is, you aren’t going to undermine my natural pessimism that easily.

    While I think your analysis is spot on and that our Irish-American president and his Keynesian wet dream are about to be put back in the closet for a season, I don’t know what that buys us.

    Sadly, I think the marginal difference that the GOP will make will, at best, delay the day of reckoning. C’mon, the American people don’t like the Ryan Plan. They are telling them…

    “We want our Medicare!”

    “It can’t go on like this.”

    “We want our Medicare!”

    “It is insolvent.”

    “We want our Medicare!”

    It is going to crash and burn.”

    “We want our Medicare!”

    “You won’t have anything if we don’t make changes.”

    “We want our Medicare!”

    “What you are demanding is impossible.”

    “We want our Medicare!”

    It goes on like that.

    The GOP can’t fix that. The situation will, however, fix itself and it will fix it with a heaping helping of DOOM. Doom, I say.

    Might as well face it.

  55. jacksonsdad says:

    Fuck it. Who wants pie?

  56. Mad Brad says:

    Pie? Did you say PIE?

  57. Locke n Load says:

    14 months.
    Nuff said

    Love the optimism JD, really do. As I’m a deliberate Optimist (meaning self delusional) I find myself finishing up lots of gloomy conversations with something similar to your venting. On the other hand I know what our demise looks like, I know the triggers, and I know avoiding them and changing the path is NOT going to be an easy task. Come November our national debt will take on a new FY pall… November starts the point where we are budgeted at 100% debt/GDP. 100%.
    As of election day in 2012 it will be approx 112% of GDP. Sigh…..

    That sir, is when the magnificent amygdalas of the Left will kick into overdrive and demand reality be ignored and social justice be our paramount concern. Emotions will run high, and if the election isn’t primarily about fiscal sanity and stopping us at cliffs edge, well all hell is capable of breaking out. If/when that happens the republicans will have to put up or shut up.

    Fact is we need Republican and Conservative candidates to run that understand this is potentially a Kamikazi mission. Despite the losses in 2014, congress HAS to push major reforms, even unpleasant ones. It will cost careers but maybe solidify others. it will be the time for Patriots, not washed up populists. Statesmen will have to concede the day and let the true saviors into positions of power. They will be called on to take the risk and the fall regardless of the outcome, but they must rise and rise NOW.

    btw, the amygdala is an emotional memory center for those of you unfamiliar with neural ganglia.

  58. jacksonsdad says:

    That “Free Lunch” platform is hard to counter, isn’t it? I’d like to say that the majority of patriotic folks would put Country before themselves but… I’m afraid those days have passed.

    “I’m gone git mines” would be a more accurate reflection of our current state of ruin.

    (sigh).. so much for the pep talk.

  59. jacksonsdad says:

    I just can’t help myself. I think… check that… I HOPE that this time it will be different. The Tea Party buoys that hope. Perhaps this is truly an historic moment when we ACTUALLY face the brutal truth…. after all it’s just math.

    It seems to me that there is a rising tide of middle-class Americans who are more skeptical of the RDM than ever before. The Information Age finally paying back the debt from all those years of unchecked media bias.

    Fuckin’ Hippies are gonna finally get what they deserve. Dare I dream?

  60. Locke n Load says:

    Hell NO on enough of the Pep talks!

    JD, look. Sometimes truth is too toxic for people to swallow all at once. Sometimes truth is painful or hard to discern. We will be dealing with plenty of that in the days to come but nothing, repeat NOTHING can be gained without trying to inspire listeners! Nobody ever staged a comeback focusing on how bad their odds were. Nobody ever defeated an enemy muttering “but we probably won’t win…”.
    Damnit! Sometimes you have to believe the improbable to accomplish the impossible! The answer isn’t pointing to the darkness but knowing the dawn will come. We will NEVER find our kamikazi patriots if we allow pessimism to reign, period.

    Chin up brother, walk and talk with the knowledge that there ARE leaders waiting to stand up and fight. Know that the problems CAN be fixed. Its just a matter of swallowing hard and defusing the fear.

  61. Bman says:

    I know I will probably receive some grief for this, but it’s OK. I find the excerpt from this speech quite inspiring. I believe these words hold true today. You will all know who said these words, therefore, I will not bother posting who said them.

    “The erosion of our confidence in our future is threatening to destroy the social and political fabric of America. The confidence that we have always had as a people is not just some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book we read just on the 4th of July. It is the idea that founded our nation and guided our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else. We’ve always believed in something called progress. We’ve always had faith that the days of our children would be better than our own. Our people are losing that faith.”

    “We’ve got to stop crying and start sweating. Stop talking and start walking. Working together with our common faith, we cannot fail.”

    If the factor of confidence fades away, we will fail. Stand firm. Stand tall. Don’t give in and don’t lose hope. Don’t lose the confidence in our Nation.

  62. R.D. Walker says:

    Tornadoes in Oklahoma right now. I hope the Okie Revoistas are dug in.

    Livestream

  63. Bman says:

    Forgive me of my ignorance….but what do you mean by wrong GUY, LnL?

  64. Locke n Load says:

    I was awkwardly suggesting he saw himself as the inspirational figure to lead everyone out of the malaise.

  65. Bman says:

    Ah…gotchya

  66. TN_Cat says:

    I have to agree with LNL. As a usually optimistic person it is painful to realize we are already past the point of no return. I think history will prove that the TARP package was the nudge needed to put us on this path. When that went through, there was no choice but to continue with that ideology and keep printing and priming. It would have been painful as hell to let those banks fail, but today we would would have already hit bottom. Now instead, sometime in the next year, there will be a choice put in front of the American people. Full bore left or 10 to 20 years of pain. What do you think the people will choose?

  67. BrunDawg says:

    The great orator is speaking to Parliament – I’m not sure why I listen. He just said something like: People can come to America, come to New York, and come to London and call themselves Americans. They’re lovin’ him now.

  68. Uke says:

    I love everyone’s optimism here, but I can’t follow y’all on it, unfortunately.

    We’re fucked like an alcoholic. We will fluctuate somewhere between steady and rapid decline until we crash and burn in spectacular fashion at the ravine bottom (definitions on “bottom” may vary some).

    My optimism lies in how at THAT point we will pull ourselves up and find who we are once again. But until that ravine bottom, we will not recover.

    The idea that we can “short circuit” the cycle and find ourselves again before we’re utterly screwed is, I fear, only theory, not realistic.

  69. BrunDawg says:

    E*Trade baby. Watch before it gets pulled.

  70. Van-a-gram says:

    A rare peek inside Vanagram’s Hall of Justice…

  71. Bman says:

    I’m so sick of global warming. The weatherman just issued a freeze warning north of I-94 tonight. That blasted global warming! Algore must have been in the area earlier today…

  72. slaphappypap says:

    When will Hollywood step up to the plate and start a telethon for the people of Joplin, Tuscaloosa, and Oklahoma City?

    I won’t hold my breath.

  73. notamobster says:

    Those people aren’t “ethnic enough”… Liberals think that white folks can and should take care of themselves while reserving the “soft-bigotry of low expectations” for “people of color”.

  74. Van-a-gram says:

    If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
    If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

    If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat..
    If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

    If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
    If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

    If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
    A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

    If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
    Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

    If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
    A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)

  75. notamobster says:

    If anyone like me is interested in having such things…

    http://www.loa.org/debate?gclid=CIujgO61h6kCFYEUKgodDSJEsQ

    GREAT FIND!

  76. Bman says:

    The Owl and the Pussycat

    Your Friday afternoon cute alert….

  77. R.D. Walker says:

    This is very nice.

  78. Van-a-gram says:

    This falls into the WTF? category….

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=15716018

    “um…before we go any further, I…um…have to tell you something. I uh, sorta have herpes. And, well, I got it from a horse…”

  79. Bman says:

    WTF is right! And i’m not talking about the herpes…but stick horses?? Imagine what a horseless/bull-less rodeo would look like. Now I would pay to go see that.

  80. Bman says:

    Van- I hope you don’t mind but I used your , “if a conservative doesn’t like…” comment over at the SF Chronicle. They are going batshit over there right now…hilarious!

  81. John B. says:

    Nota: looks like a great deal on those books. Thanks!

  82. R.D. Walker says:

    I finally fixed the links to the Top Ten Revo Writers in the sidebar.

    Bman and Jen: It would be pretty easy to knock Locke off the top ten list. :-)

  83. notamobster says:

    :-)

    Take him . . . but, try as you might, you’ll never take me alive!

  84. notamobster says:

    I decided to buy a bottle of Glenfiddich, tonight. I’m much more impressed with this stuff, these days than when I first tried it, years ago.

  85. Jim22 says:

    Luke Kaufman. B.R.S.O.B.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btH6rckWhJI

    Something about it reminds me of Anthony Weiner.

  86. Jim22 says:

    And Laura Bell Bundy — What can I say? First, tell her not to wipe the dust off her lip at the beginning of filming a music video. Second, She can open her mouth wider than any non-vinyl woman I have ever seen.

  87. sortahwitte says:

    Oh, Jim.

  88. BaconNeggs says:

    Muslim outrage as professor warns first-cousin marriages increase risk of birth defects

    ‘Islam allows you to marry anyone you want, so in many ways Islam promotes diversity.’


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1392217/Muslim-outrage-professor-warns-inbreeding-risks.html

  89. Locke n Load says:

    Knock me off the list, eh? Damn, busted by the man for been too damned busy. Ouch.

  90. Bman says:

    Tornado sirens blaring…there’s a tornado on the ground somewhere